proper
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English propre proper, own, from Anglo-French, from Latin proprius own Date: 14th century 1. a. referring to one individual only b. belonging to one ; own c. appointed for the liturgy of a particular day d. represented heraldically in natural color 2. belonging characteristically to a species or individual ; peculiar 3. chiefly dialect good-looking, handsome 4. very good ; excellent 5. chiefly British utter, absolute 6. strictly limited to a specified thing, place, or idea <
the city proper
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7. a. strictly accurate ; correct b. archaic virtuous, respectable c. strictly decorous ; genteel 8. marked by suitability, rightness, or appropriateness ; fit 9. being a mathematical subset (as a subgroup) that does not contain all the elements of the inclusive set from which it is derived Synonyms: see fitproperly adverbproperness noun II. noun Date: 15th century 1. the parts of the Mass that vary according to the liturgical calendar 2. the part of a missal or breviary containing the proper of the Mass and the offices proper to the holy days of the liturgical year III. adverb Date: 15th century chiefly dialect in a thorough manner ; completely

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  • Proper — Prop er, a. [OE. propre, F. propre, fr. L. proprius. Cf. {Appropriate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Belonging to one; one s own; individual. His proper good [i. e., his own possessions]. Chaucer. My proper son. Shak. [1913 Webster] Now learn the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Proper — may refer to:* Proper (liturgy), the part of a Christian liturgy that is specific to the date within the Liturgical Year * Proper frame, such system of reference in which object is stationary (non moving), sometimes also called a co moving frame… …   Wikipedia

  • proper — [präp′ər] adj. [ME propre < OFr < L proprius, one s own] 1. specially adapted or suitable to a specific purpose or specific conditions; appropriate [the proper tool for a job] 2. naturally belonging or peculiar (to) [weather proper to… …   English World dictionary

  • proper — prop·er adj: marked by fitness or correctness; esp: being in accordance with established procedure, law, jurisdiction, or standards of care, fairness, and justice argued that the shareholder was acting in bad faith and lacked a proper purpose for …   Law dictionary

  • proper — Adj sauber erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (17. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. propre, das auf l. proprius eigen, eigentümlich zurückgeht.    Ebenso nndl. proper, ne. proper, nschw. proper, nnorw. proper. ✎ DF 2 (1942), 690f.; Jones (1976), 543;… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • proper — [adj1] suitable able, applicable, appropriate, apt, au fait, becoming, befitting, capable, competent, convenient, decent, desired, felicitous, fit, fitting, good, happy, just, legitimate, meet, qualified, right, suited, true, useful; concept 558… …   New thesaurus

  • proper — early 13c., adapted to some purpose, fit, apt, from O.Fr. propre (11c.), from L. proprius one s own, particular to itself, from pro privo for the individual. Proper name belonging to or relating to the person or thing in question, is from late… …   Etymology dictionary

  • proper — Adj. (Oberstufe) ugs.: im Äußeren ordentlich und sauber Synonyme: adrett, gepflegt Beispiele: Ihre Kleidung ist immer sehr proper. Das Zimmer ist proper aufgeräumt …   Extremes Deutsch

  • proper — ► ADJECTIVE 1) truly what something is said or regarded to be; genuine. 2) (after a noun ) strictly so called: the World Cup proper. 3) suitable or appropriate; correct. 4) respectable, especially excessively so. 5) (proper to) belonging or… …   English terms dictionary

  • Proper — Prop er, adv. Properly; hence, to a great degree; very; as, proper good. [Colloq & Vulgar] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper — 1 meet, appropriate, fitting, apt, happy, felicitous, *fit, suitable Analogous words: congruous, congenial, compatible, *consonant: *correct, nice, right: #due, rightful, condign Antonyms: improper Contrasted words: wrong, *false …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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